Standing tall above Somerset West is the steadfast Helderberg mountain. This mountain is part of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range, and quite literally means “clear mountain”. Somerset West, being at the base of the Helderberg mountain, affords beautiful views from every angle from the hilltops to valley. It’s home to plenty of vineyards and wineries, and a picnic here is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the fruits of the land.
1. Helderberg Nature Reserve
Helderberg Nature Reserve is a 398ha nature reserve located on the southern slopes of the Helderberg mountains, and overlooking False Bay. There are picnic areas, a visitor centre and gift shop and hiking trails for any age and skill level. Catch a glimpse of the abundant birdlife, or stroll around the brilliantly groomed lawns. There are also various events and exhibitions hosted here.
Price: Adults R20.00, Children R10.00
2. Strand Beach
This beautiful coastal beaches is perfect for long quiet walks, and of course, picnics. If you stay late into the afternoon, you can catch a magnificent sunset. The beach has plenty of space, so take your pick of picnic areas. You can also take a walk along the promenade, visit the many city shops or just sit and watch the waves roll in.
3. Sir Lowry’s Pass
Sir Lowry’s Pass is a coastal drive, and picture perfect photo opportunity. It’s more of a ‘pit stop’ picnic, rather than a long indulgent afternoon. The mountain pass on the N2 national road crosses the Hottentots-Holland mountain range between Somerset West and the Elgin valley. A railway line also crosses the mountain range at this point. There is a viewpoint at the summit, which is used as a paragliding launch point, and access to the Steenbras Dam.
4. Reitz Park
A quaint residential park, perfect for setting up a quiet and relaxing picnic. There are park benches, a number of trees that provide shaded areas and the park is also dog friendly.
5. Your Own Backyard
What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote